Mentoring & Coaching

Dr. Drossman and DrossmanCare provides scheduled or ongoing programs for helping clinicians in their professional development in patient care. This is accomplished in a variety of formats from our workshops to group and one-on-one sessions with or without patients present.  Dr. Drossman is available for telephone consultations to help clinicians navigate difficult interactions with patients. He also consults on difficult to manage health issues.

Related Publications on Mentoring & Coaching

Direct Trainee Observation
Direct Trainee Observation
Direct Trainee Observation.pdf

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On Mentoring
On Mentoring
On Mentoring 9449.pdf

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UNC Fellowship Rotation

The rotation will involve seeing patients with complex functional GI and motility disorders (FGIDs) often referred from out of state and from major referral centers. These patients have multiple co-morbidities and have failed usual treatments. The fellow will review the record, participate in the visits, and confer with faculty and staff on diagnostic and treatment options. The fellow will complete the consultation note in the electronic medical record. When feasible, the fellow will present and/or interview the patient during the functional GI conference. During this rotation, fellows will be provided with additional reading and videos to help gain a deeper background in 3 major areas: 1) communication skills, 2) functional GI and motility disorders, and 3) behavioral and psychotropic treatment methods.
The Goal for this rotation:
The GI Fellow must be able to provide patient care that is compassionate, appropriate, and effective for the treatment of health problems and the promotion of health. The GI Fellows are expected to:

  • Gather and synthesize essential and accurate information to define a patient’s clinical problem(s).
  • Develop a comprehensive management plan for patients

The Objectives for this rotation:

  1. Synthesize the history of patients with complex functional GI & motility disorders via review of the medical records
  2. Apply the biopsychosocial model to the assessment & management of patients with complex functional GI & motility disorders
  3. Create a differential diagnosis for patients with complex functional GI & motility disorders
  4. Become familiar with the use of behavioral, psychopharmacological and pharmacological treatments used for patients with functional GI and motility disorders


DrossmanCare provides a variety of educational formats for individuals and other organizations including industry interested in core training on communication skills. This is accomplished through a variety of formats including observerships in Dr. Drossman’s clinical practice, onsite workshops and comprehensive programs to address larger groups. The more comprehensive programs include lectures, small group sessions, role-play and personal awareness sessions. The staff at Drossman Care will work with you to design a program to meet your specific needs. For more information on this, please contact Ceciel Rooker at

See testimonials from some of his protégés and trainees.

Ruthvic Padival, MD
Internal Medicine
Psychiatry Resident, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics

Ruthvik Padival
Ruthvik Padival

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Emily Rolfsmeyer, MD
GI Fellow

GI Fellow Emily Rolfsmeyer
GI Fellow Emily Rolfsmeyer

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Desale Yacob, MD
Pediatric Gastroenterology
Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus Ohio

Desale Yacob, MD - A Week In Chapel Hill
Desale Yacob, MD – A Week In Chapel Hill
Yacob_a week_in_chapel_hill.pdf

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The following individuals came to Drossman Gastroenterology, PLLC in 2013 for training on improving their communication skills with patients.
Peter Francisco, D.O.
GI Fellow
Detroit MI

DrossmanCare Experience
DrossmanCare Experience
Drossmancare Experience.pdf

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 Dr. Li-Hua Peng Visits Drossman Center as Part of Rome Foundation-China Collaboration
Dr. Li-Hua Peng Visits Drossman Center as Part of Rome Foundation-China Collaboration

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